The art of listening
Music: It's a party in your brain.
Written by Dylan Schiavone
“I’ve wanted to write this article for quite a while now. I am going to be talking about a very important skill that in my observation, is rarely discussed in any sort of specific or instructive way. It’s a subject of such critical importance to the act of making and experiencing music that it still remains to me a curiosity as to why it’s rarely ever addressed with any regularity in the world of musical education.”
Keep your voice boomin'
"Playing music engages practically every area of the brain at once, increasing the volume and activity in the Corpus Callosum, the bridge between the two hemispheres."
Stage Fright No More.
Esther Fortune is the lead vocal instructor at Live! and vocalist of the reggae-rock band Jahfe, and she has a few tips for all of us on taking care of our pipes. I sat down with her to ask her secrets on keeping your voice polished (and booming) over the years.
Talking to a group of people isn’t easy. But performing music in front of a crowd? That’s a whole other monster.
So You Want to Play Guitar
Every song has timing, but not every time signature is as easy to find as counting to four. The best way to learn is to find examples in popular music, so here they come!
Music and Brain Power
We sat down with Nick Ramliak, the “guitar doctor" of LMSOM, to ask him some questions on what seems to be the most popular instrument.
Let's follow Wynton's advice...
"Music, along with math, is one of the very few areas of study that stimulates the part of the brain that affects spatial-temporal reasoning."
"Even if practice is so important, kids find it very hard to do because there are so many distractions. Thatʼs why I always encourage them to practice and explain how to do it. Iʼve developed what I call “Wyntonʼs 12 Ways to Practice.” These will work for almost every activity – from music to schoolwork to sports." -W. Marsalis